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7:20 PM ET, October 18, 2021

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Politico:
Trump sues Jan. 6 committee, National Archives  —  Donald Trump is suing the Jan. 6 select committee and the National Archives to block the release of his White House's records related to the Capitol attack.  —  The former president's lawyers filed the 26-page suit in D.C. district court on Monday …
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Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee lays out legal arguments against Bannon's subpoena defiance in private letter to his attorney  —  The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol sent Stephen K. Bannon's lawyer a stern letter Friday informing him that the panel rejected his arguments …
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump files lawsuit to block release of Jan. 6 documents  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to block the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection to the congressional committee investigating the attack, challenging the decision of President Joe Biden.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump sues to keep White House records secret, claiming executive privilege  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit in DC District Court against the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection and the National Archives in an effort to keep records …
Discussion: Mercury News
Devan Cole / CNN:
Colin Powell, first Black US secretary of state, dies of Covid-19 complications amid cancer battle  —  (CNN)Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century …
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
The Moment When Colin Powell Squandered His Spectacular Career  —  Colin Powell, who was the nation's top diplomat, its top general, and the first Black man to be either, died on Monday at the age of 84.  Rarely, if ever, has an American statesman or warrior risen to such heights of power …
Tim Requarth / Slate:
What Colin Powell's Death Really Means About the Vaccines  —  Breakthrough infections are scary.  They don't affect us all equally.  —  Colin Powell, the nation's first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state, a four-star general, and Iraq war supporter, has died from complications of COVID-19 at age 84.
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Colin Powell's Blood Cancer Made Him Vulnerable to Covid-19
Al Tompkins / Poynter:   Why Colin Powell's death should not be framed as the death of a vaccinated person
Seth Hettena / Rolling Stone:
Steve Bannon Thought Jeffrey Epstein Was a Spy  —  The billionaire may have exaggerated his connections to the world of international espionage, but the tales were enough to pull in a top official in Trumpworld  —  In the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign, Jeffrey Epstein told associates something …
Huma Abedin / Vogue:
Huma Abedin on the Moment Her Private Life Went Public  —  To listen to this excerpt, click the play button below: … When I awoke in Buckingham Palace, it was as if I were still in a dream.  I turned my head to the tall, narrow windows, where sunlight was just beginning to peek through the gray clouds.
Discussion: HotAir, New York Post and Breitbart
ABC News:
Out of the Shadows: Christopher Steele defiant on dossier, says Trump still ‘potential’ threat  —  The British former spy says the Russians still may hold “kompromat” on Trump.  —  Retired British spy Christopher Steele is stepping out of the shadows to discuss his so-called “Steele dossier” …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Christopher Steele's hugger-mugger spy talk
Discussion: Fox News and IJR
Politico:
Two longtime House Democrats will retire  —  It's a sign of the party's diminishing hopes of keeping the House majority after next year's midterm elections.  —  Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) will not seek reelection.  Two longtime Democratic congressmen will announce their retirements on Monday …
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Dodges Questions in Marathon Deposition Over Protest Violence, Lawyer Claims  —  A spokesperson for the Trump Organization, meanwhile, said the president answered every question asked about a 2015 protest that went bad.  —  Donald Trump testified under oath for about four-and-a-half hours …
Discussion: Insider, CNBC and Raw Story
American Greatness:
New Capitol Video Contradicts Justice Department, Media Narrative on January 6  —  Over the objection of Joe Biden's Justice Department, a lengthy video clip showing U.S. Capitol Police allowing hundreds of people into the building on the afternoon of January 6 has been released to the public.
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Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Brian Laundrie lookalike ambushed by feds at gunpoint on Appalachian Trail  —  An upstate New Yorker bearing an uncanny resemblance to Brian Laundrie had a rude awakening when US Marshals on the hunt for the fugitive pulled their guns on him during a nap on the Appalachian Trail.
Politico:
State IG launches investigations into end of Afghanistan operations  —  The State Department's inspector general is launching a series of investigations into the end of the Biden administration's diplomatic operations in Afghanistan, according to State Department and congressional officials, as well as documents viewed by POLITICO.
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Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
White House: Opposition to IRS snooping proposal driven by top 1% and lazy banks  —  The White House is contending opposition to its tax enforcement proposals, targeting amounts as small as $600, is based on banks being too lazy to deal with the extra paperwork.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Townhall
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Manchin on finishing agenda by Halloween: 'I don't know how that would happen'
Discussion: Bloomberg, HotAir and Daily Kos
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Jerome Powell Sold More Than a Million Dollars of Stock as the Market Was Tanking  —  Disclosure documents reveal that the spectacle of Fed officials personally trading stocks extended to the chair himself.  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sold between $1 million and $5 million worth …
Robert Frank / CNBC:
The wealthiest 10% of Americans own a record 89% of all U.S. stocks  — The wealthiest 10% of Americans now own 89% of all U.S. stocks, a record high that highlights the stock market's role in increasing wealth inequality.  — The top 1% gained over $6.5 trillion in corporate equities …
Discussion: Washington Post
Christopher Keating / Hartford Courant:
In book, former Sen. Joe Lieberman describes how Karl Rove and Republicans helped him beat Ned Lamont in 2006  —  HARTFORD — For the past 15 years, former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has never spoken publicly about the secret help that he received from Republicans Karl Rove and Elizabeth Dole …
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Biden to participate in CNN town hall in Baltimore on Thursday  —  Biden hits road to make case for policy plan  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden will participate in a CNN town hall on Thursday in Baltimore, where he'll take questions as his administration continues to sell his ambitious legislative agenda …
Discussion: The Hill
Emily Ashton / Bloomberg:
Boris Johnson Sees ‘Extremely Tough’ Global Climate Talks in Glasgow  — Countries must take ‘real action,’ premier tells Bloomberg  — U.K. is hosting UN climate talks in Glasgow Oct. 31-Nov. 12  —  Boris Johnson said the global climate talks the U.K. is hosting at the end of the month will be …
David Shortell / CNN:
Gaetz ally Joel Greenberg is giving investigators new information, prosecutors say  —  (CNN)Joel Greenberg, the former Florida official whose crimes in the state ensnared Rep. Matt Gaetz in a federal sex trafficking investigation, has been providing the Justice Department with new information …
Discussion: Insider, WTOP and Political Wire
New York Times:
F.D.A. to Allow ‘Mix and Match’ Approach for Covid Booster Shots  —  The agency may act this week, when it is expected to authorize booster shots for recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.  —  WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is planning to allow Americans …
 
 
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